Kiambu Golf club’s Junior Elvis Muigai is the Kenya Junior Strokes play 2022 Champion after emerging the overall winner of the tournament’s event that ended at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club course in the Capital city of Nairobi.
Playing off handicap 5 Muigai brought a combined total round of 307 gross to claim the trophy in the 72 holes tournament played over four rounds in the three days from Monday.
His victory came after starting with a six over par 77 gross with another similar six over par 77 gross in the second round then had an eight over par 79 gross in the third round and finally rounded up with a three over par 74 gross. In the final fourth rounds.
“I thank my Daddy and Mummy for their support, am extremely happy to have won this event and look forward to more victories, “said Muigai.
Vet lab’s handicap 3 Steve Orinda was the overall Boy gross winner on a round total of 310 gross (79-80-74-77) and club mate handicap 6 Krish Shah was the runners up having collected a total of 316gross from 81-73-82 and 80 gross.
Belinda Wanjiru playing off handicap 11 emerged the Best overall girl having carded a round total of 339 gross.
Wanjiru started off the first round on 80 gross, then played 81gross in the second round and 87 and 91gross in the final two rounds to lead the girls.
Eleven of the girls participated in round one out of which six made the cut to round three while Nyali Golf and Country Club’s Alyssa Jamal, unfortunately, failed to finish round two after developing a shoulder injury despite her determination to fully participate in the tournament.
Muthaiga Junior Convener Ayaz Manji reiterated the continued support of the club for the tournament and encouraged all juniors to make use of the course through membership in the Junior Golf Foundation.
The event organized by the Junior Golf Foundation (JGF) started on Monday with 36 Holes where 75 players comprising 64 boys and 11 girls) participated in which the top 48 and ties (49) made the cut to rounds 3 and 4 played on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
The JGF Vice President Judy Wanjiku appreciated the club for hosting the tournament and parents for supporting the juniors and also lauded the juniors for making it through the 72 holes even though being self-caddy’s.
TOP TEN GROSS LEADERS;
Edwin Muigai-307gross, Steve Orinda-310gross, Krish Shah-316gross, Shahwat Shah-320gross, Lee Kimathi-320gross, Junaid Manji-326gross, John Wambari-328gross, Kevin Anyien-330gross, Jenali Kihanya-336gross, Belinda Wanjiru-339gross;
Boys and Girls;
Gross winner-Elvis Muigua-307gross (77+77+79+74),Overall Boy gross winner-Steve Orinda-310gross( 79+80+74+77),Girl gross winner-Belinda Wanjiru-339gross (80+81+87+91);
13 Years and Under;
Gross winner-Shashwat Harish-320gross (81+75+84+80), Runner up-Jelani Kihanya-336gross (85+82+84+85), Third-Ronan Patel -349gross (91+90+85+83), nett winner-Ephraim Mugisha-283nett (77+69+66+71).
Gross winner-Junaid Manji-326gross (80+80+81+85),Runner up-Kimani Gicheru-353gross (89+90+89+85),Third-Ishan Samani-361gross (91+89+83+98),Nett winner-Karyn Ombisi-284nett (68+66+74+76).
Gross winner-Krish Shah-316gross (81+73+82+80),Runner up-Lee Kimathi-320gross (81+79+80+80),Third-Kevin Anyien-330gross (84+77+80+89),Nett winner-Antonia Mbuthia-268nett (65+72+65 +66).
Gross winner-John Wambari-328gross (80+80+90+78),Runner up-Peter Waiharo-341gross (82+84+85+90),Third-Kenneth Muraya-352goss (87+89+87+89),Nett winner-Jesse Waithaka-299nett (77+64+72+86).